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bigfoot coil
Posted by: lazyboy
Date: January 09, 2010 11:58AM
hey guys, i am about to order the bigfoot coil for my xlt. any comments from a user would be very helpfull.

I would ask Monte on xlt page or whites main forum:detecting:N/T
Posted by: ohio fred
Date: January 09, 2010 03:20PM

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Re: bigfoot coil
Posted by: Dan-Pa.
Date: January 11, 2010 08:24AM
Nice coil with moderate depth that covers a lot of area..Use absolute value on with this coil and your XLT as when pinpointing it cuts the loop in half and pinpoints well with practice. Sort of acts like a windshield wiper for coverage and a Jimmy Sierra product thats been around a long time.Many years ago used one at a planted hunt and did very well however understand they are now banned at many planted hunts as considered unfair advantage with their coverage and easy pinpointing once learned...If you need depth
no depth demon but if you need coverage excellent choice..

Ask somebody else as I never found a liking for the Bigfoot coil.
Posted by: Monte
Date: January 11, 2010 09:12AM
I've used it just a little .... enough to know it wasn't for me. I prefer a round-shaped coil, and I am partial to a concentric coil as well.

I've beach hunted a number of times with fellows using the Bigfoot coil on an assortment of White's models and regardless of what I had in my hand, they NEVER could get the depth I could or pinpoint as quickly, and in some cases with rusty iron they didn't discriminate as well, either.

Most of the time when I encountered them I was using an XLT w/950 or 8", or 5900 Di pro w/950 or 8", a 6000 Pro XL or and XL pro w/950 or 5.3 BlackMax or 5.3 BullsEye, or either a modified Classic III SL or IDX Pro w/950 or 8" or one of the 6

Matter of choice..
Posted by: Dan-Pa.
Date: January 11, 2010 09:59AM
Coil has been around for 20 years or so ought to tell you something. Certainly not for everyone but a little practice pinpointing it pinpoints as well as a round coil and with its windshield wiper effect certainly covers a lot of ground. To each his own I would guess and myself have used a lots of units and sort of a stock coil kind of guy but many use acc. coils whether big or small with great success...

Re: bigfoot coil
Posted by: TIM CLARK
Date: January 30, 2010 05:35AM

Re: I would ask Monte on xlt page or whites main forum:detecting:
Posted by: gilfordberry
Date: March 05, 2010 04:53PM
Monte, you obviously didn't use the bigfoot coil enough to learn how to use it. Pinpointing is much faster with the bigfoot coil than with a round coil, even the small 5.3 inch black max. The instructions for pinpointing suggest seeking the null (loss of signal) that occurs when the target is directly under the front-to-back center of the coil. This method is a pain in the a$$. The quick technique is to pinpoint at the front tip of the coil - and at least 5 of 10 times I can hit the coin target dead on with my first probe. As for depth, you are right. And the "target depth" indication is not all that accurate with the bigfoot. (It tends to show targets a little deeper than they really are most of the time.) The bigfoot doesn't give you quite the depth as does as standard 9.5 inch coil, but the loss is not as much as you might think. I have pulled a tiny gold ring at seven inches and a merc at nine inches. The bigger coil will go a little deeper, but most of my hunting is done in parks where deep digging is a no-no anyway, and the bigfoot does cover ground much faster than a round coil. I tend to dismiss your argument about sweeping in an arc vs. back and forth in a straight line - after all, the length of the arc in which a target is acquired is so short that there can be little difference between the slight arc and a straight line. What's important, imho, is not the length of the arc or whether or not you are sweeping in a straight line. What's important is the speed and the overlap. Here's where the bigfoot really shines. It will take you five sweeps with a 9.5 inch coil to cover the same area AT A 6 INCH DEPTH as one sweep with the bigfoot.

The bigfoot does have one fatal flaw, though. Almost everyone that uses them will find that, sooner or later, the seal between the upper and lower plastic covers will rupture allowing moisture to get into the coil. When that happens, your detector will go nuts. I have owned several bigfoot coils for the XLT and this has happened to EVERY one. I finally learned that the repair is pretty easy - just open it up, dry it out, re-glue it and then paint a band of very tough two-part epoxy all the way around the coil where the upper and lower covers join. There is also a problem in that the "ears" where the coil attaches to the lower rod break off if you bump the coil too often. Once again, epoxy is the fix. I just wish Jimmy Sierra would get his bigfoot coil production back on track. I'm in the market for another.

Re: bigfoot coil
Posted by: Harold,ILL.
Date: March 15, 2016 04:49PM
The last version Bigfoot had the Thicker Standard type coil ear's that didn't break like the previous versions, But are very Hard to find as not many made before the Designer passed away.

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